Fantage

Common Sense Media says

Cute, fun virtual world with great safety measures.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Many of the site's features focus on shopping. On the plus side, the site encourages users to be respectful of each other, and rude behavior won't be tolerated.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Chat is filtered, and users are warned or banned if they try to curse.

Consumerism

The site's virtual currency can be used to buy clothing, furniture, and accessories for an avatar. Some items can be purchased with stars, which can be earned playing games. Others require eCoins, which can be purchased with real money. Extra features are available to premium members, who pay $5.99 per month. There are no ads on the site.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Users need an email address to sign up in order to use most features. Only a user's screen name is displayed. Users can make their rooms private or make them accessible to buddies only.

Parents of younger children must activate accounts and decide whether the user has access to regular chat, safe chat, or no chat at all.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this popular virtual world for tweens has strong safety features that prevent users from sharing personal information, including several options for chatting. Many of the site's activities center on shopping or fashion, but there are no ads.

Parents say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

FANTAGE is a richly designed -- and densely populated -- virtual world where tweens cruise around castles, forests, and cities on rocket boards. Although it's nicely animated and easy to navigate, Fantage doesn't stray far from the standard social world formula. Games are simple, but fun, and they're built into the scenery -- along with some surprises -- making for a high level of interactivity. Users can also complete larger quests to earn special items, and the Fantage blog keeps residents posted on new developments, events, and missions -- meaning that this virtual world is constantly growing and changing.

Online interaction: There's lots of interaction, but it's safe, friendly, and closely monitored. The site has filtered chat (no profanity or personal info) and safe chat (scripted phrases only). Users can IM each other and request buddies, as well as block certain users.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about safety in virtual worlds. What information is OK to share online, and what's off limits? You can also discuss how to apply the social skills you learn in the virtual world to life offline: How would you approach a new friend? What would you do if someone was bothering you?

Website details

Genre:Virtual Worlds
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 8 year old Written byrsbrandt March 24, 2011
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8
QUALITY
 
As a parent it annoys me greatly that there are strong distinctions between members and nonmembers. There is constant pressure to join and reminders of what you can and can't do and have. About the only thing good I can say is that it is providing a great example of unfair treatment as has happened with class or skin color. I'm sure someone will say "lighten up", but I think it's a lousy message. But rather than ban it I have allowed my daughter to play, but have made clear that membership is out of the question. Frankly it's not a bad way to teach how the world goes sometimes!
Adult Written bymagsgma January 1, 2012
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9
QUALITY
 

Mixed age groups. Beware that younger children may be subjected to manipulation and control issues (bullying).

I observed my granddaughter using this a couple of times. I think that the drama in the "rooms" is not appropriate for her age. (6 y/o) I was disappointed in the site. My dil seemed impressed with it - saying that it teaches her to spell. I respectfully disagree. Please is not spelled plz. and place is not spelled plc. Making other girls cry because someone doesn't want them to follow them is also not a trait that I want her to learn. Some of the girls seem to be too old for her to be *friends* with. I had to ask her to log off. I will not allow her to use it again while she is here.
Parent of a 8 year old Written byfantage_sucks December 25, 2010
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8
QUALITY
 

no control over letting children buy stuff and charge it to your credit card

I registered my 8 yo daughter for the premium membership. The next day I had an additional charge of $10 she does not know how she got. They should not allow an 8 year old to charge anything to a credit card. When I wrote to complaint they said that my daughter would not be allowed to use the site if they had to return my money. Nice customer service. Yesterday my account was charged for the monthly fee and today I can't not login. No phone number and technical support...well, I'm waiting for their reply.
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Too much consumerism

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